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Adrian Jangala Robertson – Yalpirakinu Mother’s Country
Sat April 24 @ 10:00 am - Sat May 15 @ 3:00 pm
RAFT Artspace Exhibition in partnership with Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists.
Adrian Jangala Robertson is a widely respected Warlpiri artist with a distinctive approach to landscape painting. His paintings refer to the desert lands, ridges and trees which are part of his mother’s country, Yalpirakinu, recalled through brushwork loaded with memories. Adrian’s father’s country travels from west of Walungurru through Karku at Nyirrpi to Warlurkurlangu at Yuendumu. Adrian is a landscape painter and captures the sweep of his country primarily using a limited palette and layering techniques bringing energy and drama to his works.
Adrian was born at Papunya in 1962. Growing up in Papunya at this time Adrian witnessed the Western Desert painting movement’s inception. As a boy attending school there, he remembers Geoff Bardon working as a schoolteacher alongside the early Western Desert painters. Adrian has since enjoyed strong artistic influences throughout his life including his father’s brother, the late Darby Ross Jampijinpa and his mother, the late Eunice Napangardi.
Since 2002 Adrian has painted with the Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists and become a crucial member of the Alice Springs art community. Over those years Adrian worked alongside his greatest mentor and friend, the late Billy Benn Perrurle.
Adrian continues to expand his artmaking, avidly experimenting with new mediums and techniques that develop the scope of his artistic practice. Adrian is a deliberate and thoughtful painter; reworking, pushing and pulling the medium, and in doing so connecting to country.